As Terry Heck is remembered, EncoreMichigan names new award for the beloved teacher and actress
ANN ARBOR, Mich.–The Michigan theater community on June 9 will pay tribute to the memory of Terry Heck, a beloved teacher at Eastern Michigan University and actress, who died on April 13 in a tragic traffic accident here.
To celebrate the life of Terry, EncoreMichigan announced today that the Rising Star Award, given out to the actor or actress under the age of 18 who turned in the best performance of the season at a professional theater, as deemed by Encore’s body of critics, will now be known going forward as The Terry Heck Rising Star Award.
“Terry Heck was a mentor, teacher and inspiration to countless young actors, and I can think of no better way to honor her memory than to recognize her life’s work every year at our Wilde Awards gala by recognizing the performance of a young performer who is putting to work the lessons and craft to which Terry dedicated her professional life,” said EncoreMichigan publisher David Kiley.
Besides being a theatre arts teacher at EMU, Terry was a prolific actor and director. At EMU, Heck directed numerous shows in cluding Brighton Beach Memoirs, A Streetcar Named Desire, Nora, The Shape of Things and Joseph Zettlemaeir’s Christmas Carol’d. She also directed Off the Map for Purple Rose Theatre where she also acted and was a Resident Artist.
Most recently, Heck played a disillusioned professor in Taking Shakespeare at The Williamston Theatre. Heck was a full professor at EMU and had been serving as Co-Director of the Theatre Department for the last five years. In 2015, she received the Distinguished Faculty Award.
Terry is survived by her husband, John Siebert, an actor and theater arts teacher at EMU, and their son, Joe Siebert, who is an actor living in Los Angeles.